Angel Radio is being added to 18 DAB multiplexes for a fortnight to celebrate the life and work of Bing Crosby.
The nostalgia station will focus on the man and his music with two weeks’ worth of special programming dedicated to Bing including his vintage radio shows from the 1940s from May 1st.
Programmes will be heard on DAB digital radio in Ayrshire, Berkshire & North Hampshire, Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Coventry, Essex, Kent, Leicester, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Plymouth, South East Wales, the Sussex Coast, Swindon, West Wiltshire and Wolverhampton. Listeners in these areas will need to select the ‘Pop Up Radio’ channel in order to hear the special broadcast by Angel Radio. All programmes are also available online.
Angel Radio is a nostalgia and information radio station staffed by over 70 volunteers, most of whom are of the same vintage as the music they play. The station plays music from the 1920s to the early 1960s together with information and stimulation for the over 60s and, although its programmes are aimed at the older generation, it is also popular with younger people who are into all things retro.
Listeners across the UK will be able to phone in free of charge to request their favourite vintage records from Angel’s library of over 138,000 recordings.
The station started life as an experimental community radio station in 2002 and broadcasts across South Hampshire on FM and DAB digital radio from its based in Havant, Hants. The station features 92 year-old Audrey Anderson who presents 3 shows every week.
Special Bing Crosby programmes during the broadcast will include documentaries about his life, his song writers, his films and his lesser known recordings.
Tony Smith, founder and station manager of Angel Radio, said: “I’m so pleased to be able to share our love of Bing Crosby and the other, often forgotten, stars of the past with appreciative listeners all over the country. We have the radio transmission company, Arqiva, to thank for making this ‘once in a lifetime’ celebration possible. I’m sure the fortnight will bring reminiscence therapy to everyone who tunes in.”